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May 8, 2023

Hear from the best in governance thought leadership

From the Chair of Moderna to the CEO of Wealthsimple, the 2023 ICD National Director Conference & Fellowship Awards Gala brings together the best in governance thought leadership, June 13 to 15, in Montreal.

In honour of the ICD Quebec Chapter’s 20th anniversary, we will hear from a variety of leaders with ties to the province – including Jean St-Gelais (Chair, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec [CDPQ]), Jacynthe Côté (Chair, Royal Bank of Canada), Isabelle Courville (Chair, Canadian Pacific Railway) Hon. Pierre Pettigrew (Chair, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada), and Ricky Fontaine (RGL Fontaine).

This year’s conference theme, Breakthrough Boardrooms, looks at how boards must navigate unprecedented change and stakeholder pressure. How can boards break through and find new solutions for new challenges? Here’s what some of our conference speakers had to say:


From blind spots to blazing spots
"Over the past 12 months, boards had to pivot from their traditional focus on identifying blind spots (risks and opportunities that a management team might miss) to a mad rush to develop action plans to address blazing spots (risks and trends that were on their radar, but whose inflection point came much faster than expected, such as the acceleration of acute geopolitical tensions and the ubiquity of artificial intelligence tools). Hence, board members had to strive to learn fast, be eminently curious, and adopt the tools and methodologies to develop alternative scenarios, while having the courage to debate the unimaginable."
Estelle Metayer, President, Competia; Chair, Nortera, Corporate Director, BRP inc, Martur Fompak, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Audemars Piguet

Ms. Metayer will participate in the session, Highly Effective Chairs – Leading Insights, at the 2023 ICD National Director Conference.


Active monitoring – striking the right balance
“Active monitoring has taken on a new meaning in the past few years. In times of disruption, boards must foster innovation and adapt quickly. Doing so while taking into account stakeholder expectations and without micro-managing can prove challenging. Striking the right balance requires good judgment – one of the most important attributes for directors today!”
Thierry Dorval, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Director, Scale.Ai, Alloprof.

Mr. Dorval will participate in the breakout session, Driving EDI – Considerations for the Boardroom, at the 2023 ICD National Director Conference.

Join us in Montreal, June 13 to 15, to hear from more than 30 world-class speakers. Register today.